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Miss ND honored as 2018 Miss America competition gets under way

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund

BISMARCK—Miss North Dakota Cara Mund has been honored as a Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award finalist at the 2018 Miss America competition that is under way this week in Atlantic City, N.J.

Named for Miss America 1943, the prestigious Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award finalists are chosen from applicants who excel in enhancing the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service, with emphasis on the depth of service, the creativity of the project and the significant effects upon the lives of others. Mund is the first representative from North Dakota to be named as a finalist for this award.

Mund qualified for consideration based on her work with her personal platform issue, "Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion."

Mund has partnered with Make-A-Wish North Dakota for the past 10 years to organize a fashion show which benefits North Dakota Wish Children; in those 10 years, she has raised $78,500 and granted 23 wishes for North Dakota children.

The winner of the award will be announced during the preliminary competition at Miss America 2018 this week, and she will receive an $6,000 scholarship.

Preliminary competition for Miss America 2018 will be held Wednesday through Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Mund will compete in the lifestyle and fitness and evening gown phases on competition on Wednesday, the talent phase on Thursday and the onstage question phase on Friday.

The final night of competition and crowning of Miss America 2018 will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday.